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NFSTC donates office supplies for local back-to-school event

 

Event representatives stopped by NFSTC to pick up supplies for schools.
Event representatives stopped by NFSTC to pick up supplies for schools.

You never know how much stuff you have until you have to move it! While preparing to move into our shiny new headquarters, we realized we needed to clean out the closets – literally. One glance at our office supplies and we could see an abundance of items that could really benefit local teachers and schools. To get these items into the right hands, NFSTC partnered with the DeBartolo Family Foundation, Jason Ackerman Foundation and the Bacchus For Charity Foundation for the 4th annual Back to School Drive.

Our staff gathered six large boxes of office and other supplies that will be distributed to local educators from Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco, Hernando and Polk Counties. Donated items included:

  • Pens, pencils, markers and highlighters
  • White board supplies
  • Desk organizing equipment
  • Paper and notebooks
  • BoxPost-it Notes
  • Binders
  • Staplers, tape dispensers, rolls of tape and staples
  • Hole punches
  • Filing supplies

NFSTC is proud to support our teachers, students and schools working to strengthen education in Tampa Bay.

 

NFSTC launches new forensic science galleries

NFSTC_imagegalleryNFSTC has launched three new galleries that contain our library of still images, animations  and video of forensic science in action.

Visit the new galleries here.

Techniques included in the video gallery range from collecting DNA evidence to blood stain pattern analysis to basic crime scene processing and each video is available to download.

Watch or download the videos on NFSTC’s YouTube channel.

The still image gallery contains photos and images from the crime scene to the courtroom that can be downloaded in multiple sizes.  NFSTC also hosts a gallery of flash animations that includes the popular blood spatters animation, multiple firearms examination animations and a crime scene search patterns animation.

Subscribe to our YouTube channel or follow us on Facebook and Twitter to find out about new additions to the galleries.

 

NFSTC seeking computer forensic analyst

NFSTC is seeking a computer forensic analyst for a term position in Fort Bragg, NC to provide intelligence support to the United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM).  Job responsibilities include performing computer forensics exploitation analysis for captured enemy materials (which includes, but is not limited to, dissemination of latent fingerprints, digitized latent prints, forensics reports, production statistics for management status reporting and standard operating procedures).

This position is a term employment opportunity with an anticipated duration of 12 months based upon contract requirements. For additional details about this position or to submit you application online, visit the listing on NFSTC Careers at https://nfstc.hyrell.com/UI/Views/Applicant/VirtualStepPositionDetails.aspx?TemplateId=10567&tzi=Eastern%20Standard%20Time

NFSTC partner FIC wins coveted Brandon Hall award

The Forensic Innovation Center, LLC (FIC), a partner firm of NFSTC, along with Sealund and Associates, has been selected by Brandon Hall to receive the silver Excellence in Technology award for Best Advance in Gaming or Simulation Technology.

The project selected for award is Sensitive Site Exploitation (SSE) Training, a computer/web-based program that uses virtual reality, gaming-style simulations to assist military personnel in learning to identify and collect forensic evidence on the battlefield. Developed and designed for the Combating Terrorism Technical Support Office (CTTSO), Technical Support Working Group (TSWG), the training uses immersive, 3-D simulated environments to provide safe, realistic situations in which users can practice the skills learned throughout the course.

FIC developed the training program and selected Sealund and Associates to produce the 3-D simulations. The goal of the program is to increase knowledge retention of military users by providing simulated environments with increasing levels of complexity. The scenarios represent real-world situations personnel will likely encounter once deployed.

More information on the Brandon Hall Excellence in Technology awards can be found at http://brandonhall.com/excellence-technology.php?year=2013#Best Advance in Gaming or Simulation Technology

Top 10 Forensic Science Stories of 2013

The world of forensic science was a great place to be in 2013. As we head into the final days of December, NFSTC’s Forensic Update took a look back at some of the most interesting stories of the year. Here’s what made our list:

#10: DNA advances identify everyone from shark victims to medieval kings.Update3

DNA advances in 2013 resulted in some historical identifications:

  • New victims of the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center were identified from recovered bone fragments.
  • The remains of two missing fishermen found inside a tiger shark were positively identified, a rare occurrence as the shark’s highly acidic stomach rapidly destroys biological material.
  • On a lighter note, King Richard III, killed in 1485, was discovered under a car park in Leicester and identified using DNA from his very grandnephew.

#9: The blowflies are coming…north!

A northern migration of blowflies is causing scientists and investigators some concern. As a stopwatch for post-mortem intervals, the blowfly lifecycle is well understood, but as the bugs adjust to their new climate, scientists are scratching their heads as to the possible impact on investigations. Check out what National Geographic has to say about blowflies.

#8: National Commission on Forensic ScienceUpdate1

The National Commission on Forensic Science was created by DOJ and NIST as part of a new initiative to strengthen and enhance the practice of forensic science. Read the press release to learn more about the Commission.

#7: Fingerprint science hits the kitchen

Fingerprint analysis went into the kitchen in 2013. Advances include using turmeric for analyzing prints and new methods for collecting prints from smooth-skinned foods like apples and tomatoes. Hey bad buys, keep your mitts off the fruit.

#6: Crime labs of the future

NIST released a comprehensive Guide for Building 21st Century Crime Labs – detailing the nuts and bolts of creating labs that integrate the latest and greatest in equipment, efficiency, and sustainability.  Ready to renovate? Get the guide at NIST.gov.

#5: The forensic lab goes mobile

Significant technology advances in rapid DNA analysis, hand-held fingerprint drug testing, portable drug detection, biometrics systems, and advanced facial recognition can now take lab work into the field.

#4: Biological evidence: to freeze or not to freeze…Update4

The Biological Evidence Preservation Handbook released by NIST and the National Institute of Justice outlines the do’s and don’ts of storing biological evidence. Get it at NIST publications online.

#3: Supreme Court rules DNA can be collected from arrestees

In June, the Supreme Court ruled that police can collect DNA from arrestees. As written, the DNA can be used only to identify the suspect in custody, not as an investigative tool. Ongoing effects of this ruling have yet to be determined.

#2: The A to Z of CSICrime-Scene-Investigation_Page_001

NFSTC released the updated Crime Scene Investigation Guide – 170 pages of detailed how-to for responding to crime scenes. More than 8,000 copies of the expanded guide have been downloaded. Before you head out to that next scene, get your fresh copy at NFSTC.org

#1: Forensic science now has… its own week!

It’s about time forensic science had its own week!  The very first National Forensic Science Week was held in August, and it was a smashing success. You can find a recap of the events on our website and we look forward to next year.

Will 2014 top these stories? Tune in to NFSTC’s Forensic Update and subscribe to our channels to get all the forensic science scoop next year.

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